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New Students FAQs

Can I defer a module or semester?

Students are only granted time deferrals in exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, bereavement etc.). Applications must be supported by the student’s supervisor/course co-ordinator and the student must provide supporting documentation.

What is the Student Assistance Fund?

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is intended to tackle disadvantage by providing financial support to full-time students who require additional financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third-level studies, especially those students who experience emergencies such as unexpected medical bills etc. The fund cannot be used for tuition fees, loans or bursaries. This fund is open to all registered students on a full-time programme. It is provided for under the National Development Plan and the European Social Fund (ESF). The SAF will be advertised by the Learning and Teaching Office once it is open for applications in September. All students will receive an email to inform them when the fund is open, so it is important to check your NCI emails regularly.

Please note this fund is not guaranteed and may not occur in any given year.

Where can I buy household items?

For grocery shopping it is best to go to the big supermarkets like Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Supervalu, Marks & Spencers, Aldi and Lidl, all of which are located throughout Dublin city centre and suburbs. The closest supermarkets to NCI are Marks & Spencer beside the college, Dunnes Stores on Henry’s St, Tesco in Jervis St Shopping Centre Henry Street, Lidl on Moore Street and Aldi on Parnell Square. For household items like bed linen, crockery, etc., Penneys and Dunnes Stores on Henry Street have excellent, inexpensive ranges. In general, there is an abundance of shopping facilities in and around Dublin. Further information can be found at Dublinks.

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